Traumatized Teens

Parental Alienation

As a consequence of the epidemic of divorce that has swept the nation in recent decades, millions of young Americans have seen their parents’ marriage torn apart and have then found themselves incorporated into a new stepfamily.  The emotions that adolescents experience during this two-step process recently received attention from researchers at Pacific University and Reed College.  Their findings are sobering evidence that the members of the younger generation pay a high price for their parents’ marital failures and remarriages.

After conducting a series of in-depth interviews of adolescents affected by parental divorce and re-marriage, the Pacific and Reed scholars are able to identify some common themes.  The researchers limn “two recurring reactions” to the first event of interest (namely, parental divorce): “[1] largely suppressed feelings over the loss of the biological family, and [2] frustration over the disruption in life by the divorce.”

A somewhat more complex tangle of…

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About madisonelizabethbaylis

Father of Kevin, Jenvey and Maddie. Being alienated from Maddie due to the fact that after her mother divorced me and remarried she cut me out of my daughter´s life. I then rekindled my relationship with the mother of my boys and since then Melissa is hell bend on allienating and abusing Maddie
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